July 6

“Neither know we what to do; but our eyes are, upon thee.” 2 Chronicles 20:12

A life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent, to steady it when trembling and shaking as the oxen drew it along the rough way; but they touched God’s work presumptuously, and they fell paralyzed and lifeless. Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone.

If we wholly trust an interest to God, we must keep our hands off it; and He will guard it for us better than we can help Him. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”

Things may seem to be going all wrong, but He knows as well as we; and He will arise in the right moment if we are really trusting Him so fully as to let Him work in His own way and time. There is nothing so masterly as inactivity in some things, and there is nothing so hurtful as restless working, for God has undertaken to work His sovereign will. ~A. B. Simpson (Streams in the Desert)

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 | NRSV

The root of patience is love; the foundation for love is grace. Love and grace are inseparable. God does not extend grace out of exemplary pity, but inexhaustible love. “Love covers a multitude of sins” sounds trite and more akin to a homespun yarn than eternal truth; yet, love is the right posture for any response. Through the eyes of love I recognize grace. Through the eyes of grace I respond to all manner of grievance and ill treatment with love.

“To say that love is God is romantic idealism. To say that God is love is either the last straw or the ultimate truth” (F. Buechner)

I wait on the Lord because I believe He loves me and wants the best for me. I take up the cross of compassion when my heart sees others the way Father sees me. Love does not eradicate failure or ignore inadequacy; God wills to work through my shortcomings and self-centered tendencies because He has chosen to love no-matter-what. We are called to the same enduring ministry of love.

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